Dr. Bradford Goodwin, executive director of the Center for Laboratory Animal Medicine and Care, recently received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Society for Biomedical Research (TSBR). The award recognizes and is in appreciation for his many years of dedicated service to the science, research, and medical communities in the state of Texas.
“I was surprised and very honored to receive this award,” said Goodwin, adding that former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and U.S. Representative Charles Stenholm are also previous winners of this award.
A veterinarian since 1967, Goodwin joined the Medical School and UTHealth in 1989, following a military career with the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps that included serving as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s attending veterinarian.
“I had to examine his dogs every week at the White House – we went dressed in civilian clothes – and were on call 24/7,” said Goodwin, who retired as an Army colonel.
Since 2001 when Tropical Storm Allison devastated the animal laboratories of the Medical School, his latest professional passion has been focused on disaster prevention and preparedness.
“I took it on as a project to tell the rest of the world how to prevent this – don’t house hour animals in the basement of a flood-prone area,” he said, adding that he was in the air when the Sept. 11 terrorist strikes occurred and was one hour away from landing in Tokyo on March 11, 2011, when the earthquake there struck.
“I’ve since gotten the nickname Dr. Disaster,” he explained.
UTHealth is an institutional member of TSBR, and Goodwin has served on its board for 15 years. The goals of the TSBR are to provide educational programs and new initiatives designed to educate health care professionals, researchers, students, and the lay public on the benefits associated with the humane care and use of animals in biomedical research.
-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School